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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 4 June 1756 n.s.
Dated 4 Iunii 1756. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has delivered to Pierre BalguerieBalguerie, Pierre (1679-1759).
French. Swedish agent in Amsterdam.
Father of Daniel Balguerie.
a box with ten copies of the third fascicle of the Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]Plumier, Charles Plantarum
Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]
continens plantas, quas olim C.
Plumierius [...] detexit, eruitque,
atque in insulis Antillis ipse depinxit.
Has primum in lucem edidit, concinnis
descriptionibus & observationibus,
aeneisque tabulis illustravit J.
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
, and two especially good ones, one for the Swedish king [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], and the other for Linnaeus.

Burman hopes that Linnaeus has received the two preceding boxes and that the bulbs he sent soon will flower.

Burman is still waiting for a parcel with dried plants that Linnaeus sent him last autumn.

It is safer if Linnaeus sends money to Burman through Claes GrillGrill, Claes (1705-1767).
Swedish. Merchant, owner of the iron
works of Söderfors, Österby
and Iggesund. Director of the Swedish
East India Company. Also known as an art
collector and patron of arts and
sciences. Brother of Anthoni Grill and
Johan Abraham Grill. Correspondent of
in Stockholm, whose brother [Anthoni GrillGrill, Anthoni (1705-1783).
Swedish. Merchant in Amsterdam. Brother
of Claes Grill and Johan Abraham Grill.
] lives in Holland.

Burman has not yet received an answer to his letter of 6 April 1756Letter L2042. The bookseller Salomon SchoutenSchouten, Salomon (1689?-1750).
Dutch. Bookseller and publisher,
Amsterdam. Linnaeusís publisher. Father
of Petrus Schouten.
eagerly desires to know Linnaeusís opinion of editing the Flora LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Lapponica exhibens plantas per Lapponiam
crescentes, secundum systema sexuale
collectas in itinere [...] Additis
synonymis, & locis natalibus omnium,
descriptionibus & figuris rariorum,
viribus medicatis & oeconomicis
(Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279.

Burman is eager to see Linnaeusís observations and emendations to the Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
. Burman has not yet found a publisher.

Smallpox inoculation is not practised where Burman lives, but Martinus Wilhelm SchwenkeSchwenk, Martin Wilhelm
(1707-1785). Dutch. Physician and
professor of botany, the Hague.
at the Hague and TroudierTroudier, French?. in Paris have successful experience of it.

Burman has recently together with his wife [Adriana BurmanBurman, Adriana (-1759).
Dutch. Wife of Johannes Burman, mother
of Nicolaas Laurens Burman and Johanna
Elizabeth Burman.
] and family celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary. His brothers and friends had composed various verses for the occasion. Burman now encloses these in the box as well as some plants from the Cape of Good Hope, rare seeds and 15 illustrations of Charles PlumierísPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
plants belonging to the fourth fascicle [Burman refers to his editing of the Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]].

The Systema naturae, 9th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 9th edition, ed. J. F.
Gronovius (Leiden 1756). Soulsby no. 57.
has now been reprinted by Theodoor HaakHaak, Theodoor (?-1768).
Dutch. Bookseller, Leiden.
and, as Burman believes, revised by Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeusís benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Burman wants to see Linnaeusís, Flora PalaestinaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
, diss., resp. J. Strand
(Uppsala, 1756). Soulsby no. 1886.
and other recently published dissertations.

A remedy for migraine is powdered leaf of Asarum inhaled into the nose.


a. (LS, II, 383-384). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 79-81   p.79  p.80  p.81.